Today, Mobile is more than just another business channel - It is fundamentally changing the business landscape. Executives need to stay in touch 24x7 with what is happening in their businesses. These always-on, smart, connected devices have become the mobile office, enabling users to make smarter decisions at the right time. Mobile is also driving real-time and personalized business analytics that enable retailers to offer geographical and content-specific offers to encourage customers to make that purchase decision in the “mobile moment.” Can your infrastructure, business analytics, and systems of record cope with the increasing real-time demands of the mobile phenomenon? Are your systems and data easily accessible yet secure?
Are you looking for the right answer?
Join us for the exciting complimentary webcast and learn how many IBM clients across the world have benefited from IBM mobile solutions for System z . During the webcast, which is happening tomorrow, November 11th at 11 AM EST, we will discuss how System z scales to meet the unpredictable transaction peaks and growths of a mobile channel without having to re-architect the infrastructure . You will also be able to learn about the role of DB2® for z/OS® and IMS™, with their built-in integration capabilities that enable simplified access for mobile development and deployment. Finally, we’ll also show how you can drive business analytics closer to real-time by... [Continue Reading]
Today, enterprises are looking to leverage their systems, applications and data to provide new services for their clients across data center boundaries using hybrid cloud for private and public cloud interaction.
A recently prototyped solution demonstrates an OpenStack based environment using HEAT based templates and policy resource scheduling to deploy a cloud application to a private cloud running on IBM Power Systems with connectivity to a public cloud on IBM’s SoftLayer running IBM Worklight Mobile Services.
The solution showcases ease of deployment and management capabilities using "IBM UrbanCode Deploy with Patterns" tooling and " IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack " administration.
The solution also showcases Cloud Mobile Services with connectivity back to an on premise OpenStack deployed environment.
Key benefits of this solution:
a) Linking on premise systems of records with off premise next-generation systems of engagement
b) Automation of application and workload development, deployment in a hybrid cloud
c) Extending Private cloud with Public cloud for new mobile services.
d) Ability to easily add new feature to systems of engagement (e.g. location based services to mobile applications)
e) Increased application/workload performance and resiliency due to elasticity of hybrid cloud
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While the most important five-day shopping period of the year in US is about to begin, retailers and marketers are all set to welcome shoppers from across the world. Yet, once again, big data and analytics remains the most important tool in their arsenal – and the closest thing they have to a crystal ball.
As shoppers become more comfortable using both their fingers and feet to lock in the best deals, the challenge for marketers is to use real-time analytics to give customers a personalized, seamless experience regardless of how they browse and buy. The advent of mobile devices as the new digital shopping aide is putting pressure on marketers to understand not just their mobile habits but how it impacts other in-store and online behavior. From browsing on a tablet before Thanksgiving dinner to using a smartphone to comparison shop on Black Friday while standing in the store, customers today expect the retailers they do business with to understand their unique preferences and behaviors.
To better understand the value of real-time analytics in unlocking these insights, Forbes.com recently interviewed Kevin Bishop, who leads IBM’s ExperienceOne marketing and customer engagement portfolio. In this article, Kevin answers some of the challenges that marketers face in analyzing the massive volumes of customer data that is available today and explains how IBM platforms and latest technologies are helping... [Continue Reading]
In 2014, all of our blogs published on the software defined site were unique in their own respective ways. The year saw some great announcements and showcased perhaps the most exciting events around IT Infrastructure. The importance of cloud computing and why companies are moving towards cloud computing was clearly evident as it became the buzzword for 2014. No discussion, no talks and no event were complete without cloud computing being a part of it. We thank all our SMEs, contributors and our readers for giving us a tremendous response in 2014.
In this post, we take a recap at some of our top blogs which were well received by the audience and had huge readership throughout the year. Let’s take a look:
10) What if you could attend IBM Pulse 2014 for free?
The blog presented an exciting opportunity for the audience to attend Pulse 2014 which was held from February 23-26 at MGM Grand, Las Vegas for free. All that was needed from the readers was to register with code PULSE14PEEK* for a Pulse Peek Pass to experience the premier cloud conference’ general sessions and expo hall with hundreds of solutions. The Pulse Peek pass included the expo and three days of general sessions spotlighting industry thought leaders and customer speakers.
9) IBM Pulse 2014: A successful cloud experience all around
IBM Pulse 2014 , the Premier... [Continue Reading]
Did you know: Building a strong foundation for your organization requires more than just leading technology? Our recently released Institute for Business Value: “ Continuing the IT infrastructure conversation ,” examines just that. The study reveals that IT must also collaborate with other parts of the business in order to successfully capitalize on IT trends and turn them into competitive advantage. According to the study:
70 percent of companies recognize that IT infrastructure plays an important role in enabling competitive advantage or optimizing revenue and profit, but
Only 22 percent have a well-defined enterprise IT infra¬structure strategy, and
Only 23 percent are successful at collect¬ing, analyzing and documenting performance measures
From the study, one point that stands out – IT infrastructure matters and it matters more than ever. Increasingly, organizations across the world are under immense pressure and looking for directions to help them make the right decisions about their IT infrastructures in order to adapt to the ever-changing market place.
Is your IT infrastructure ready?
Join us for a Twitter chat tomorrow where our leading experts will be talking about the need for IT organizations to position themselves not just as service providers, but also trusted advisors, as well as answer all of your infrastructure-related questions... [Continue Reading]
By now, through all the discussions around, one point is clear – IT infrastructure matters more than anything. Today’s continuing IT infrastructure conversation between business and IT leaders is about more than technology – it’s about the future of the business. And to better understand the conversations, IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) recently surveyed 750 IT executives from across the globe which resulted in two reports.
The reports – The IT infrastructure conversation: New content, new participants, new tone and Continuing the IT infrastructure conversation:
Why building a strong foundation requires more than technology are an absolute eye-opener for organizations to take right decisions about their IT infrastructures today. Let’s take a look at some of the key findings of the reports:
More than 70% of executives believe IT infrastructure plays an important role in enabling competitive advantage or optimizing revenue and profit
Over 60% of organizations plan to increase their IT infrastructure investment over the next 12-18 months
Only 22 percent of organizations have a well-defined enterprise IT infrastructure strategy and roadmap
Only 30 percent are successful at collaborating with the business to provide IT infrastructure solutions to... [Continue Reading]
I am writing this blog as one of the parts of a series where I am exploring open cloud-inspired approaches such as OpenStack , DevOps and open standards. The idea is to look at how these approaches can enable IT to adapt to the shift to user and customer engagement via social and mobile applications. In my earlier post, I looked at the tectonic impact that social and mobile applications, (explained by Geoffrey Moore and others as systems of engagement ) are having on the IT infrastructures and organizations. Moreover, I looked at how the requirement for agility in delivering these applications is putting pressure on IT operations and developers in many of the organizations I work with.
In this post, I will talk about the top four innovations that I believe are key to IT organizations to successfully utilize IaaS to deliver application services in this new landscape and to address the opposing objectives of operations and developers. Let’s take a look:
1. Management of pets and cattle. Today, the approach that many IT departments use to run applications and systems is financially unsustainable. An analogy I like, is thinking of IT systems as pets rather than cattle . Pets are treated with care and nursed back to health if ill—an approach that is applicable for customer resource management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), database systems of record and applications where data protection,... [Continue Reading]
We all are reading about IT Infrastructure and how it is at the core of everything which is happening today. But are organizations really leveraging it effectively? A large amount of revenue is lost by companies each year because of their inability to use their IT Infrastructure effectively. Let’s face it - the fact remains Infrastructure Matters .
Our recent study titled Continuing the IT infrastructure conversation: Why building a strong foundation requires more than technology , shows a lot of interesting findings:
Only 22 percent of organizations have a well-defined enterprise IT infrastructure strategy and roadmap
Only 30 percent are successful at collaborating with the business to provide IT infrastructure solutions to support their business needs
Only 23 percent are successful at collecting, analyzing and documenting performance measures
And only 39 percent are successful at supporting cross-functional teams of infrastructure domain experts to identify, source and implement IT infrastructure solutions.
Companies feel they know it all and they are ahead in the race. But the questions remain if everyone knows everything, why isn’t the IT Infrastructure being used to put Big Data and Analytics to work faster and efficiently?
If you are looking for answers around how to leverage Big Data, Real-time analytics and... [Continue Reading]
Effective management and use of virtualized IT resources is a key pillar of the IBM Software Defined Environment (SDE) strategy. Of course, virtualized IT is nothing new and was invented by IBM back in the late 60s and used until today by many organization as part of Virtual Machine/370 and follow on systems. Users and applications were allocated virtual machines that gave them virtual compute, storage and even cool things like virtual printers and punches!
So what is different about the technology and the environment now that brings virtualization into the forefront of enabling a new wave of IT automation for today's demanding mobile , big data & analytics workloads?
Earlier mainframe virtualization environments and the more recent emergent UNIX and x86 virtualization solutions were based on proprietary formats and interfaces. This left anyone trying to implement an IT automation solution on top of these systems to write multiple implementations or use plugins and abstraction layers to hide the differences. Today, with OpenStack receiving wide spread acceptance as an open standard for virtual IT resource management, solution developers can develop to one interface.
In my early days as a programmer, I wrote automation programs to create and configure VM/370 virtual resources in support of diverse applications. This included carving out virtual disks and allocating... [Continue Reading]
Recently, Synergy Research Group named IBM the number one hybrid and private cloud provider for the enterprise and positioned IBM among the top three providers in the cloud market for the third quarter of 2014.
With Synergy Research’s findings around growth specific to Infrastructure-as-a-Service , Platform-as-a-Service , hybrid and private cloud , IBM Cloud is driving growth through extensive gains with significant enterprise recent client engagements in a variety of industries.
As part of the announcement, IBM introduced a series of global enterprises clients turning to IBM to tap into new opportunities with cloud in industries ranging from telecommunications, publishing and security:
Korean e-publishing company, Artgrafii, has deployed its platform that creates and distributes professional content on the IBM Cloud to enable it to store, edit and manage online content more effectively as it expands outside of Korea. Additionally, Artgrafii is using IBM Bluemix for fast product enhancements and new service development.
IBM is partnering with one of the Netherland’s largest telecommunications services providers, KPN , to extend its cloud services in the Dutch market.
With data center capacity across the Netherlands, IBM will provide KPN and their end users cloud services that not only meet in-country data residency requirements, but will also offer them the ultimate... [Continue Reading]
Red Hat Inc. , a leading provider of open source solutions, recently announced the latest version of their flagship Enterprise Linux product - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. Positioned as the foundation for open hybrid clouds, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 enables Red Hat partners to more easily extend their technologies across physical, virtual and cloud environments without requiring any fundamental changes.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is significant for both Red Hat and IBM, and most importantly, for our joint clients. IBM and Red Hat have been partners for 15 years, building on a shared commitment to open computing, a common focus on enterprise quality computing, and active participation in joint open source community projects such as Linux , KVM and OpenStack . We are now going through an age of massive innovation, with new workloads like big data , mobile and social driving radical change in applications, and the new delivery models of private, public and hybrid clouds driving similar change in how those applications are delivered.
Linux sits at the center of all of these new workloads, enabler for cloud computing and providing the link between traditional systems of record and the new systems of engagement. The combination of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and IBM systems and software delivers the flexibility, stability and new technologies needed to make this a reality. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 offers the flexibility of physical,... [Continue Reading]
Container technologies are not a new concept; it has been around for a while. In this blog, I will take a closer look at Linux based containers like LXC and Docker , which are gaining momentum in the fast changing cloud landscape. Docker is built on open source container capabilities and encapsulates the application which runs in its own isolated process on the host operating system, a great feature for people concerned with cloud security. This has a potential for disruptive innovation in the cloud as it is very different from a traditional VM based model enabling acceleration of continuous delivery process and application isolation solutions.
Now, let’s compare this work docker which is a light weight , quick provisioing alternative without the need for a hyper visor . As the containers share the OS image, we can run lot more applications on the server , also giving ability to snap shot the OS into a common image when combined with IBM patterns technology. Either case, container technologies seem to be a good bet for applications that need speed and light wight application deployment in an isolated container.
It is important to note that, there is no guest operating system or a hyper visor in this model, and makes it a good fit for light weight applications , which needs to run on low resources , on edge nodes etc . These kind of container technologies can be applied to isolate applications that need to be provisioned in quickly like... [Continue Reading]
Those of us who live in the northern hemisphere generally love this time of year. We are on the downhill side of winter and about a month from the beginning of spring. Many of my friends here in the United States are already swinging baseball bats (or at least watching their children swing baseball bats). And at IBM, the smell of Pulse is in the air. Next week in Las Vegas, thousands of our valued clients and trusted partners will engage in a bold discussion on Cloud .
For those who are attending the Pulse Open Cloud Summit on Sunday February 23, or the main Pulse sessions beginning Monday February 24, one speaker of particular interest should be Jamie Thomas , General Manager, IBM Software Defined Systems. Take a moment to follow her on Twitter @tjamieibm .
I was able to get advance copies of both Jamie’s main tent keynote Monday morning at 10am (session KEY-2550A) and her Cloud & Software Defined Environments (SDE) track kickoff Monday afternoon at 1pm (session CET-1463A) . Jamie is a bold thinker and you should expect to walk away with good perspective on Cloud and SDE.
Jamie’s keynote centers on how cloud is changing the way work gets done. The lines between business leaders, developers and IT operations are blurring as they work in concert to compose new business models in a dynamic cloud. You’ll want to pay special attention as Jamie will be making some big announcements... [Continue Reading]
In recent years, Cloud has emerged as an important solution for organizations to ease their computing needs and achieve business objectives. Small and Midsized businesses need to do more with less, and that’s what Cloud is all about. It’s on-demand, always available, and requires almost no setup or capital expense. However, there are number of concerns associated with delivering an effective Cloud architecture. For instance, cost, scalability and security are key considerations when delivering cloud services. Cloud service providers who are building Public and Private Clouds need to keep infrastructure cost down in order to price competitively, and have to ensure stellar security and scalability in multitenant environments. Open technologies like OpenStack , Linux and KVM , help deliver on these requirements for Open Clouds , while small and medium customers are looking for choice, low costs and the opportunity to innovate in their businesses.
Would you like to continue this conversation with your peers to turn your IT practices into profitable realities by adopting Open Clouds? Come join us today at IBM Pulse 2014 –The Premier Global Cloud Conference, as Scott Firth , Director-IBM Software Defined Environments, will explain how IBM enables Cloud Service Providers to build Open Clouds with Open technologies. Martijn van Zoeren, CEO of Dutch Cloud in the Netherlands, and Patrick Fitzgerald, Managing Director of... [Continue Reading]
I am writing this blog post as one of the series of articles on my previous post: Re-envisioning enterprise IT in the era of mobile, social with open cloud . My first blog introduced the scope of these posts looking at some of the challenges faced and the potential solutions discussed in this series of blogs.
In that first post I observed it is estimated that 40 percent of all IT spending is now outside the IT department. If IT does not change, then there is a real potential they will go the way of the Dodo and become extinct.
So what is holding IT back from changing and delivering the agility, flexibility and lower costs that users are looking for?
My assertion is that one of the handicaps facing IT today is the “contract” of behaviors and expectations that have built up between IT and the business. It needs resetting, but what is this contract of expectations? Here are a few of my views.
The near universal use of project-based funding for application delivery has a perverse effect on how IT invests and handles the whole life management of applications and business services.
As IT’s first focus is typically on delivery and operation, my observation is that the tools, procedures and culture are not in place to allow for change over the course of the life of an application and its supporting... [Continue Reading]